Carrie O'Connor is a fourth-generation native of Honolulu. After earning a master of arts degree in journalism and communications at Marquette University, she worked as a community newspaper reporter. Her fiction has been published in Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai'i Literature and Arts, AUSCULT Literary Journal, Bartleby Snopes and Wild Violet. She blogs at Heartland Living on a Budget.
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All Things Considered
I have worked as a journalist. As such, my mentors trained me to produce accurate, well-sourced material quickly. In the last few years, I have been writing fiction. Art provides the opportunity to linger on a scene and use imagination. One day, I stopped to consider how people, “sources,” feel sometimes on the other side of my notebook.
Wen rain all ova da night honey girl wen die.
Still get chicken skin wen tell da story.
An’s boyfriend wen stay drive and one nadda couple stay in da back seat. Deh no stay drink oh smoke pakalolo oh nahtting. Jus kids drive’n round.
But wuz tree in da morning. An dem wuz so fah from home.
Da car wen spin n crash into da wall.
Da papers wen call us and da neighbors. So niele.
But da neighbors wen take keah us. Dem say: “No tanks, no tanks.”
Wen do plenny good stuff foh ah kids. Stay smart dem. Wen college.
So, da monk wen go to wea da kah stay all buss’ up. He stay at da wall and chant, cause da spirits no can leave da wall. But da reportas, dey wen bahddah heem.
Da day An wuz reborn, dah papers wen print one story dat HPD stay “waiting toxicology reports."